Dear Members,Emancipation Day was August 1st, and 182 years ago enslaved people were freed. I have had many discussions with our treasurer, Michael Pinnock, on the various issues we have to deal with as a Black community, and about how we can help facilitate equality and freedom. During one conversation, he said “Nadine, Black men (people) should not die in their beds while sleeping. Instead, if they must die, it should be in a fight for what is right, never giving up”. I think of this often, and how we must continue to fight, working toward true emancipation, not just for ourselves, but for our children, future generations, and society as a whole

This is the work the BBPA has been committed to doing for the last 38 years–and the trajectory we are planning for the next 100 years is one that will work to build, grow, elevate, and strengthen our Black community, which will by extension strengthens all members in our society. I’m very proud to share with you the latest news about what is happening and what we have planned for the future. It gives me satisfaction to know that we are working for what is right and striving toward a better tomorrow.